I discovered something that was a little surprising to me recently from a group of American Christians visiting Israel: Their school education had not at all included the study of European history – not even the landmark events like the Crusades, the Black Plague, the Great Fire of London, the Thirty Years War, etc. – from the last 2,000 years.
They had been raised without studying European history and, less surprisingly, outside of the Biblical account, they had not studied the history of the nation of Israel.
The first deficiency is surely a misfortune. After all, the United States was, in a sense, born out of Europe… How does one develop an overall understanding and appreciation of one’s own national history where there is disinterest or ignorance about the places and events from which it sprang? For Americans, that is almost like dating creation to 1776. While the history of America since its founding is rich, fascinating, challenging and inspiring, there is so much more to it than just the last 246 years.
That is a misfortune, in my opinion. But for Christians, not...
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